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Atrocity of War
by Ronald W. Hull

Saturday, May 26, 2012
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I have written poems of bravery, valor, and memory of those who gave their lives for freedom. This poem about the unspoken other side.

 Atrocity of War

War began with a feud,
in the distant, unrecorded past.

War always begins with a feud,
as soon as the first death is cast.

Leaving a self fulfilling promise,
that this death will not be the last.

Throwing down the gauntlet,
and raising the flag's mast.

It's off to war we go,
and we know the die is cast.

It doesn't make any difference,
which side you're on in war.

You have a license to kill anyone,
who crosses your path before.

You finish with your mission,
and count up the ghastly score.

Mano to mano was the way it was,
but weapons of war demanded more.

Depth charges pound the men beneath,
may the creeps all drown in the deep.

A flamethrower seeks out a hiding hole,
roasts gooks alive so widows will weep.

A deadly gas floats across the land,
kills indiscriminately those on hand.

A mine lays awaiting to rack up a kill,
only to take a woman or child’s will.

A predator seeks out a target in a crowd,
the wails of the innocent cry out loud.

A nuclear bomb, when dropped in revenge,
can cause the planet, to come unhinged.

War is remote, war is unfair,
we are all collateral damage,
when war's in the air.

Copyright 2012 © Ronald W. Hull



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Reviewed by Don Juan Amante 6/1/2012
you shine the light of truth on a dark subject.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/31/2012
we are all collateral damage,
when war's in the air.

Indeed, Ron. Amen to that. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 5/31/2012
Ron, you have painted the image in a tremendously real color. One that shows pain for all. It could not have come at a better time. Some of the lines remind me of the series now broadcasting, Hatfields and McCoys. It all started with a feud. Well written indeed....'_'
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/30/2012
Ron this is an important work. It calls the heart to attention and drives home the horror and carnage of war. Well penned.
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 5/29/2012


Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/29/2012
You've pretty much said it all. Even war with purpose ends badly for almost everybody. Not to worry. The asteroid will put us out of our misery if we don't accomplish that ourselves. Patrick
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 5/28/2012
Excellent write Ron...true to the sense and sad to the soul.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/28/2012
an awesome write Ron
Very proper for the Memorial Day
Peace be with you

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/28/2012
Amen!!! The atrocities of war leave scars that never heal! In the end...there are no winners....everyone loses something! Well done, Ronald....very much enjoyed the flow of your words....

Reviewed by neerja gandhi 5/27/2012
Heart wrenching....sad....reminds me of our great freedom fighters who laid their life to give us freedom
Reviewed by Laurel Lamperd 5/27/2012
Making war is a terrible human failing, Ronald. Your poem brings that out.
Urbanization is taking its toll on the koala populations as you say. The disease chlamydia is another factor. Australians are now realising they have to protect these little furry creatures.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/27/2012
A Deeply moving write as my father fought in World War Two and told me many stories that were very sad and heartbreaking Laura
Reviewed by Richard King 5/27/2012
WAR IS HELL!!!! It just can't be said any planer than that.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 5/27/2012
Your voice here, Ron,
is brave and honest and your sense
of history unerring

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 5/26/2012
So Very Sad *Ron* of the
no win situation that you
verbalized so very well..

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/26/2012
Thank you, Ron, this is wisdom. You speak powerful truths!
Reviewed by John Coppolella 5/26/2012
Let freedom ring. If you live long enough to enjoy it. Maybe the dead can be counted? Too late to soak up the blood the ground already did. So your poem made me think that everybody thinks they are right and war makes it come true, that might makes right, remote control, bug-whacker, cry me a river no more.
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Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 5/26/2012
The pawns are moved from either side while the fat cats keep their asses safe and comfortable. Nobody wins. Oh, I'm no military no-it-all by any means! I just hate to see families suffer. I give honor to all who gave their lives for this country and those who stand willing to do the same.
Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 5/26/2012
Nice poem on the senselessness of wars now. It used to be about war for freedom and about what is right, then it evolved into war for power and global control. Of late war became just corporate business, for profit and loss (never mind the lives lost). The coming war will not be measured in dollars as the new aggressors are nut cases we cannot negotiate with.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/26/2012
Yes, sir, war does suck...but it seems that humans keep waging it, no matter the will only end when humanity ends as well...e
Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/26/2012
combatant's killed and maimed is atrocity enough - when you add in the collateral damage on both sides of a war the disgust and stink of it permeate the whole of mankind - the bloated decaying human flesh of all victims has the same putrid stench, combatant, civilian, man woman or child - in war it is an ignominious odor created by human ignorance - your poem speaks to the total shame of war Ron - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/26/2012
A perfect description of the history of mans continued insanity into war. I agree with Odin, but doubt any of us alive today or even their prodigy will ever see his vision. As a species we have not evolved to that state where we can live in harmony and having been in two I will tell you first hand of it's waste.
Reviewed by Odin Roark 5/26/2012
And in the air it stays, an poisonous ether infusing the lungs of all, giving cancer of mind in perpetuity. As my last posting infers, until there is "One" of mind, there will never be harmony. Well penned, Ron.

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